Former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson was quoted as saying that Sir Alex Ferguson chose to sign Shinji Kagawa over Eden Hazard last summer.
If true, that decision stands as a major error in judgement from the legendary manager.
Robson is quoted in the Daily Express as saying: “Hazard was a player Sir Alex and his staff were looking at last year, but they thought Kagawa was better than him and he could prove that this season."
Eden Hazard signed for Chelsea for £32m after a long transfer saga involving several club, one believed to be Manchester United.
Under three weeks later, Kagawa was unveiled at Old Trafford after the Japanese international completed a fee believed to be around £17m - almost half of the cost of Hazard.
Those prices proved to be indicative of their future performance as Hazard shined in his debut season in the league.
They young Belgian star scored nine goals and was credited with 11 assists, culminating in a nomination for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.
Kagawa, on the other hand, scored six goals and was credited with just three assists. For a player two years older than Hazard, he showed less maturity, intelligence and skill on the ball.
The lower transfer fee goes a long way to showing why these players differed so much but, if we are to believe Robson, Ferguson signed Kagawa because he believed he was the better of the two.
For Sir Alex Ferguson, this could prove to be one of the greatest mistakes of his 26 year reign at Old Trafford.
Hazard will likely continue to flourish under new manager Jose Mourinho with the Potuguese's system working well with Hazard's ability.
Expect Hazard to reach the heights that Arjen Robben did during his peak at Stamford Bridge.
As for Kagawa, he has been linked with a move back to the club United signed him from, Borussia Dortmund. It would be of no surprise to anyone at Old Trafford if he left, probably for a fee substantially less than the one they paid for him.
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